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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: May 23, 2008 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest GSET

Moses, as I recall was a bad-tempered old bastard who broke the ten commandments (the actual physical object) in frustration when he came back down from the mountain to find the Isrealites generally cavorting and having a good time worshipping golden calves (Dire would love those times). God was apparently not best pleased and made Moses cut himself a new set (of tablets) and told him the promised land was off as far as he was concerned. I may paraphrase somewhat.

Anyway, in the song Moses has come riding back from wherever he's been to find that we're still monkeying around, and he's still pissed off with us all - we can't get anything done and are apt to go off on fool's errands (left-hand monkey wrench) when we do actually do something; there's a total refusal to deal with the big problems (the damn wall's caved in) because we whine about the little ones (ain't got a hinge) - but old Moses might not be done with us yet. There could be some cool clear water to quench our metaphysical thirst somewhere around here.

(ok - I admit I don't have a line in on the water witch spell verse yet ... but I'm working on it!)

Check this out by the way:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/05/religion.israelandthepalestinians


And thanks for your remarks on another thread, Alan. I appreciate that.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: May 23, 2008 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest GSET

"we can't get anything done and are apt to go off on fool's errands (left-hand monkey wrench) when we do actually do something; there's a total refusal to deal with the big problems (the damn wall's caved in) because we whine about the little ones (ain't got a hinge)"

Sounds like the US Government to me and the state of humanity in general these days. Those who know history are doomed to repeat it...

Nice summary RTWS!

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 23, 2008 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Thanks Rob et al.!

Excellent to awake this morning to find all these gems--both the songs and the outstanding analysis. Good on you, Rob. And the others.

I was always inclined to cut Hunter slack as we do for CCS lyrics (ie, those that achieve a sound/cadence/juxtaposition rather than literal meaning) for this song, BUT agree with Jerrob that Rob's insights get to the heart of a great deal of intended meaning...

This is what keeps us focused on the boys, I daresay. Cool.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: May 23, 2008 11:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest GSET

Holy Moses, Rob. I was blind and now can see!
Watch out though, that wee Davy Dodd will be round with a big stick to make you an offer you can't refuse.
ps. and the cow boy connection becomes clear too!:~)

Addendum:
Can't thank you enough for your analysis, Rob. I've puzzled over those lyrics for ever but was too shy to ask before. Thanks, Will for enabling.
I just got round to looking up the Guardian article and discovered another connection. This from the Wikipedia: 'DMT-containing plants are commonly used in several South American shamanic practices. It is usually one of the main active constituents of the drink ayahuasca'. Cross reference with: http://www.hunterarchive.com/files/OrfeoFiles/Orfeo1.html
Also huge thanks to brother AshesRising without whom etc...



This post was modified by Jerrob Hungar on 2008-05-23 18:47:23

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 23, 2008 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest GSET

Just want to re-inforce 9/28/72

what makes it the best is the absolutely ripping ST STEPHEN run that Jerry makes during the instrumental bridge jam.

I've nicknamed it "Greatest Stephen Ever Told".

Just an awe-inspiring version of one of Bobby's best tunes.

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 23, 2008 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Greatest GSET

Hmmm, now you have me going...anytime StSt makes an appearance, it has to add smoething to it!

Thanks, GC.